You have separate health bars for Hunger and Thirst which always decrease in Raft. The object of the game is to survive after all and you will need to maintain your hunger and thirst levels to stay alive.
To do this, you will need to cook food and consumables. That’s where cooking recipes come in. You’ll need a cooking pot or juicer next to all the recipes you come across as you progress.
The following guide lists some of the best cooking recipes you can cook (and should research) in Raft.
Raft Best Cooking Recipes
Recipe: Deluxe Catfish
Catfish Deluxe increases your mobility to make you run faster. You can prepare a serving using a cooking pot using 1x Raw Potato, 1x Raw Beet, 1x Raw Catfish, 1x Cave Mushroom, and 1x Chili.
Raw Potatoes and Raw Beets can be found in floating barrels or loot boxes. Raw catfish should be caught with a fishing rod. Cave Mushrooms can only be found inside caves on large islands. Chilli can only be purchased at the Trading Post.
Catfish Deluxe can be consumed for more than 10 hunger points and a temporary hunger bonus of more than 40 points.
You can purchase the Deluxe Catfish Recipe at the Trading Post for 1x Trash Cube and 1x Trade Coin on any large island.
Recipe: Fish Stew
It is primarily a fish dish which is available later in the game as it requires milk in the components so you need to employ a goat for it. This dish calls for 1 egg, 1 bucket of milk, 2 pieces of raw tilapia, and 2 pieces of raw mackerel.
Tilapia and mackerel can be obtained from any bird’s nest. You can get the bucket of milk from the goat that needs to be captured. The egg can be received from clucker and the two pieces of fish can be received from fishing.
This recipe will give you about 15 hunger points and up to 40 hunger points. This dish cooks in about 150 seconds, which is significantly less than typical recipes. You can get the Fish Stew recipe from the chests you find on the islands.
Recipe: head broth
This dish is rich in nutrients because it incorporates important ingredients. The recipe calls for 1x Raw Potato, 1x Raw Beetroot, 2x Death Heads, and 1x Gallon of Milk.
Potato and Beet can be readily available from the many barrels you find. you can go through some of them to get potato and beetroot.
This dish takes 210 seconds to prepare. It will grant you 40 temporary hunger points and 20 hunger stat points. The head broth recipe can be found in the loot boxes.
Recipe: Salmon Salad
This meal is considered healthy because it improves lung capacity. The recipe calls for 1x mango, 1x pineapple, 1x raw salmon, and 1x silver seaweed. You can only cook this recipe when you locate the silver seafood on the raft. The cooking time of the dish is 210 seconds. It gives you more than 15 hunger points and a temporary hunger bonus of 40 points.
Mangoes and Pineapples can be found by chopping down trees. Salmon can be found by fishing and seaweed can be found at the bottom of the sea for which you must travel underwater to obtain it. Salmon Salad can be purchased from the Trading Post on Level 1 for 1x Trash Cube and 1x Trade Coin.
Recipe: Simple Fish Stew
This is also a common fish diet centered around acquiring fish. This dish calls for 2x potatoes, 2x raw beets, 2x raw herring, and 2x raw pomfret.
Since it contains two fish, this dish is best suited for players who like to spend more time fishing. The dish cooks in about 90 seconds.
This grants you 15 hunger points as well as an additional 25 temporary hunger points, which is very useful. This recipe can also be found in loot boxes available on islands.